It Takes a Village Idiot

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • It Takes a Village Idiot
  • Jim Mullen
  • English
  • 05 October 2017
  • 0743218795

About the Author: Jim Mullen

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It Takes a Village Idiot Finalist for the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor a Rocky Mountain News Denver Best Book of the Year Millions of people dream of abandoning the city routine for a simple country life Jim Mullen was not one of them He loved his Manhattan existence parties, openings, movie screenings He could walk to hundreds of restaurants, waste entire afternoons at the Film Forum, people watch from his window Then, one day, calamity His wife quits smoking and buys a weekend house in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York in a tiny town diametrically opposed to Manhattan in every way Slowly, however, the man who once boasted, Life is just a cab away, begins to warm to the place manure and compost and strangers who wave and all and to embrace the kind of life that once gave him the shakes. Free Read Kindle ePUB It Takes a Village Idiot author Jim Mullen – johndore.co.uk

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10 thoughts on “It Takes a Village Idiot

  1. Jess says:

    This was a cute, witty book about what you take for granted living in NYC this cuts both ways the things you take for granted being modern, easily accessible, and of good quality and the things you take for granted being exorbitantly expensive, insanely inconvenient, and degraded beyond any possibility of enjoyment by overpopulation It was a timely read, as I am currently in the midst of figuring out my next move and trying to find a place of balance in which to make a home Neither of the pl This was a cute, witty book about what you take for granted living in NYC this cuts both ways the things you take for granted being modern, easily accessible, and of good quality and the things you take for granted being exorbitantly expensive, insanely inconvenient, and degraded beyond any possibility of enjoyment by overpopulation It was a timely read, as I am currently in the midst of figuring out my next move and trying to find a place of balance in which to make a home Neither of the places described in this book the city or the country are appealing for their extrem...

  2. Andrew says:

    Mullin s memoir of his transition from a New York City maven to a Catskill lover is pure fun Some of the references are dated, but not enough to harm the humor Having lived in NYC and then outside it, I could relate to how one starts to see things in new ways...

  3. Mormonhermitmom says:

    I picked this one up in a thrift store yes I was desperate for a cheap read This is what happens when your local library is only open for four hours a day after school hours and if there is a school holiday it s closed PERIOD.Actually though, it turned out to be one of my better cold picks I busted a gut, or nearly, I mean I really tried not to because when you are reading late at night in bed with a headlamp because your spouse has to get up at 0 dark thirty in the morning, you really ca I picked this one up in a thrift store yes I was desperate for a cheap read This is what happens when your local library is only open for four hours a day after school hours and if there is a school holiday it s closed PERIOD.Actually though, it turned out to be one of my better cold picks I busted a gut, or nearly, I mean I really tried not to because when you are reading late at night in bed with a headlamp because your spouse has to get up at 0 dark thirty in the morning, you really c...

  4. Linda Manwaring says:

    This isn t amazing literature But with that said it s a fun, entertaining read The author is the village idiot a former resident of Greenwich Village who moves to the country There are amusing comparisons between city and country life.

  5. Beth Nieman says:

    Author Jim Mullen s book, It Takes a Village Idiot, is the hilarious re telling of his adventures with his wife in the Catskill Mountains of New York state Mullen, a city dweller who loves the night life, the arts, and the fine restaurants which are so easily accessed from his conveniently located but tiny Manhattan apartment, is smug when he vi...

  6. Rebekkila says:

    I have been looking for this book for years and finally bought it throughThe back story is a New York couple buy a weekend house in the Castskills The story was funny and I completely knew where he was coming from a lot of the time Everybody knows everyone up there so the newspaper finding out your business is a complete nightmare stories about who passed a bad check and where it happened One restaurant in the whole town where if it isn t meat, it s fried Waving at everyone you pa I have been looking for this book for years and finally bought it throughThe back story is a New York couple buy a weekend house in the Castskills The story was funny and I completely knew where he was coming from a lot of the time Everybody knows everyone up there so the newspaper finding out your business is a complete nightmare stories about who passed a bad check and where it happened One restaurant in the whole town where if it isn t meat, it s fried Waving at everyone you pass whether you are in a car or standing in your yard Not to mention the gruesome farm accidnets And the way you have to dre...

  7. Kathy Tracey says:

    What can I say, this is the book I wish I wrote A city person moves into a quite, small community and spends time comparing life between the two While there are some extreme exaggerations, overall there were many laugh out loud moments Quote from page 178 The guests expect dinner to be on the table ...

  8. Janice says:

    I began this book strictly for the humor and I did enjoy the self depricating humor of the author, but about half way through I realized there was muchto this story The author lives in NYC, born and raised there and loves it, can t imagine why anyone would live anywhere else His wife buys a home in upstate NY, in the country, which the author has nothing but distain for, but slowly he learns to enjoy both communities for what they have to offer, but many laughs along the way.We all live I began this book strictly for the humor and I did enjoy the self depricating humor of the author, but about half way through I realized there was muchto this story The author lives in NYC, born and raised there and loves it, can t imagine why anyone would live anywhere else His wife buys a home in upstate NY, in the country, which the author has nothing but distain for, but slowly he learns to enjoy both communities for what they have to offer, but many laughs along the way.We all live in a small microcosm with knot holes to see into other cultures and ways of life but the view is very limited It s good to remember that we all live very different life styles, and they all have their rewards.A quote from the book, We learned the charm of driving a human ...

  9. Sharon says:

    Now this is humor Such a delightfully funny book, I laughed out loud at times It s not just funny sometimes it s funny in almost every paragraph Jim Mullen is a very fine writer He and his wife live in Manhattan She buys an old house 3 hours away in the Catskills and drags Jim there on weekends, which become longer andfrequent stays This is Jim s hilarious conversion from total immersion in city life to country life, kicking and screaming all the way The people of Walleye, the coun Now this is humor Such a delightfully funny book, I laughed out loud at times It s not just funny sometimes it s funny in almost every paragraph Jim Mullen is a very fine writer He and his wife live in Manhattan She buys an old house 3 hours away in the Catskills and drags Jim there on weekends, which become longer andfrequent stays This is Jim s hilarious conversion from total immersion in city life to c...

  10. Jackie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Jim and his wife Sue buy a small farm in the Catskills to use on weekends At first Jim has a hard time adjusting and misses Manhattan Usually can t wait to get back But the weekends become longer until they finally decide to sell their city apartment and move full time to the country Love how these books are always written by people who have the luxury of writing from home Would like to see some of these back to the country books by someonelike the rest of us When you do find one it Jim and his wife Sue buy a small ...